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Prince Philip heartbreak: Duke’s special connection to mother and Windsor Castle exposed

Prince Philip: Royal expert reveals connection to Windsor Castle

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Prince Philip, 99, died on the morning of 9 April 2021 at Windsor Castle. He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. His mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, and grandmother, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, were both born at Windsor Castle. Princess Alice was born February 25, 1885 and grew up in the UK. Princess Victoria was born April 5, 1863.

Royal historian Marlene Koenig explained the heartbreaking “irony” behind his lineage and long history with the royal residence.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Koenig said: “His mother and grandmother were both born at Windsor Castle.

“The irony is that he died at Windsor Castle.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be at Windsor Castle with 30 guests.

The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex will not walk shoulder to shoulder when they join senior royals taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral procession.

William and Harry, whose troubled relationship has been well documented, will be separated by their cousin Peter Phillips when the trio walk in a line behind their grandfather’s coffin as they honour his memory.

The future king will be one step ahead of his brother when the coffin is taken into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, moving ahead of Harry as the royal family including the Prince of Wales process in pairs.

Details of the duke’s funeral were released by Buckingham Palace after Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall made an emotional visit to Marlborough House in central London to see floral tributes for Philip moved from the palace gates.

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The couple spent some time looking at the cards and notes with the flowers, which had words of support including one which read: “HRH A True Gentleman.

“Thank you for your devoted service to our country.

“We shall miss you.”

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the Queen, like all the 30 guests invited to the service, will wear a face mask during the funeral which will last 50 minutes.

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A palace spokesman said the monarch had to make “difficult decisions about who would be there” due to Covid restrictions limiting mourners.

The Queen will be sitting by herself in the quire of St George’s Chapel, with all mourners following Covid guidelines and remaining socially distanced, but for the short car journey to the place of worship from the Castle she will be joined by a lady-in-waiting.

Philip was the guiding force behind his funeral arrangements and reflecting his life-long association with the Royal Navy, Buglers of the Royal Marines will sound Action Stations during the service at the duke’s request.

It is played on a warship to signal all hands should go to battle stations and is sometimes featured at funerals of naval men.

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